So this is Tracks of the Week. And what have you done? Another week older, and a new one just begun. But yeah, it’s the last Track of the Week of the year, so enjoy it, and enjoy the little christmas treat at the end:
Brockhampton – Boogie
I am still completely unable to process how Brockhampton have made three of the best albums of this year. I have put every single they’ve released in this column over the last 12 months, so it seems only right that I end the year with the only single off Saturation 3. ‘Boogie’ is probably the biggest, most party-ready banger the band have ever released, and features blaring trumpets and sirens in it’s Neptunes-inspired beat. After listening, you’ll be in no doubt about their claim to being ‘the best boyband since One Direction’.
Car Seat Headrest – Beach Life-in-Death
A kind of new one from Car Seat Headrest. Will Toledo takes one of his 2011 songs, reworks it, breaks it apart, and stitches it back together in a 13 minute long guitar epic in the way only he can. Every time you think the track has peaked, it resets, building up again anew.
Kate Stapley – Iceland
Despite its descriptions of Iceland’s cold, this song by Bristol’s Kate Stapley is a warm, beautiful piece of folk. The track slowly grows and shifts, becoming more confident and full as it develops. Kate’s voice is calming and understated, as she hypnotically relays the details of a friend’s holiday to Iceland. A beautiful and exciting hint of her new EP ‘Centella’, out in February via Breakfast Records.
Phoebe Bridgers – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
To round off a brilliant year, Phoebe Bridgers has decided to give us one last treat in the form of this atmospheric cover of a christmas classic. It shimmers and echoes, keeping the original’s classy vibe, but adding an extra layer of sorrow on top. A hypnotising cover.
Jorja Smith – Lost (Frank Ocean Cover)
Another cover now, though not of a Christmas classic, but a classic nonetheless. After gaining the accolade of the Brits Critics’ Choice earlier this month, Jorja Smith has dropped a beautiful stripped back cover of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange track. The sparse instrumentation lets Jorja’s voice to fill the space, turning the song from a soul and R&B infused hit into a calming ballad.
Goat Girl – Scream
For a track called scream, ‘Scream’ is probably the quietest song we’ve heard yet from London four-piece Goat Girl. It’s guitars feel lighter, it’s harmonies softer, but the drawled vocals and country stomp are both still there. An intriguing new side to the band.
Charli XCX – Femmebot (Feat Mykki Blanco and Dorian Electra)
God, it’s just so hard to pick any single track off Charli XCX’s brand new EP ‘POP 2’. Teaming up again with PC Music’s AG Cook, the EP is packed with full throttle weird pop and features an amazing line-up of featured artists. ‘Out of My Head’ is probably the obvious choice, but ‘Femmebot’ is a skittering, glitching piece of pop that pushes everything to the extreme, not even sounding like it was made in our universe.
Farebrother – A Little Late
We premiered this gritty piece-of stadium rock earlier last week on the site, and we still can’t stop playing it. It’s a catchy-as-hell indie rock thumper that will have you on your feet. If big choruses are your thing, you don’t get many more uplifting than this.
Porridge Radio – O. Christmas
Yet another great addition to the depressing Christmas song canon, which is obviously the best kind of Christmas song canon. ‘O. Christmas’ is a fuzzy, lo-fi take on that feeling of realisation you get on Christmas Eve when you remember your hometown is kind of a shit hole. The true meaning of Christmas.
Elvis – Blue Christmas
Merry Christmas, one and all.
Thanks for reading our final Tracks of the Week column of the year, and thanks for any you may have read in 2017. We’ll be back in the new year!